You just knew this was coming.
You knew the push back from the White House on the impeachment thing was going to happen and it looks like in the wake of the Kurt Volker testimony today on the hill falling flat ( My colleague Bonchie covered that here Kurt Volker’s Testimony Appears To Have Left Adam Schiff Scrambling) the White House is ready to launch in classic Trump style.
With a dare.
Axios is now reporting that the White House will release a letter daring San Fran Nan to take a vote and get this party started.
From the article…
The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers’ demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.
*Trump wants to force House Democrats in vulnerable races to be on the record if they favor pursuing impeachment, these sources tell us.
*Republicans also say the minority party can exert more influence over hearings and other aspects of an inquiry once it is formalized with a vote.
*By calling this an inquiry without holding a vote, Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen are having it both ways, one official said. “They want to be a little bit pregnant.”
Pelosi is clearly betting now that without a vote this will end up in the courts and bog this process down. She can then claim to the “Squad” and their supporters that she did all she could and the Democrats will need to beat Trump at the ballot box in 2020. Otherwise, she should hold the vote which historically has been done and limits what the executive branch can do but ALSO gives the minority in the House some more power than they have now.
This is actually a shrewd move by Nancy.
However, Trump and his team once again are going to seize the P.R high ground with this letter. Even poor Jim Acosta over at CNN will be sputtering about why arent the Democrats taking a vote to squash this Presidency.
If the Speaker of the House is so confident in the bill of goods that Adam Schiff sold her than she should follow precedent and open an impeachment inquiry with a vote of the full house and roll the dice as they say.
Unless of course, she doesn’t want to take the Trump triple dog dare challenge.
The way the Russian collusion thing fell apart you can’t really blame her if she doesn’t.